Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Obituary

Baha'i leader dies following short illness

ADIB Taherzadeh, a member of the Universal House of Justice, the supreme governing council of the Baha'i Faith, died in Israel on January 27 after a brief illness.

ADIB Taherzadeh, a member of the Universal House of Justice, the supreme governing council of the Baha'i Faith, died in Israel on January 27 after a brief illness.

Mr Taherzedeh is survived by his Belfast-born wife Lesley, two sons Ronald and Bahhaj, two daugthers Vida and Maryam and six grandchildren.

Mr Taherzadeh was born into an Iranian family who have had a strong association with the Baha'i Faith since its inception.

His father Haji Muhammad Tahir-i-Maimiri was a renowned Baha'i teacher and historian.

Adib Taherzadeh studied electrical engineering at the University of Teheran and pursued advanced studies in Coventry.

He moved to Ireland in 1950 and was the chief engineer of an industrial premises in Dublin until 1980.

Until 1972 the island of Ireland was under the jurisdiction of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the British Isles.

Mr Taherzadeh served as a member of that body from 1960 to 1971.

He was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the Republic of Ireland from its formation in 1972 and re-elected each year until his appointment in 1976 to the European Board of Continental Counsellors - a senior advisory body of the Baha'i Faith.

A prolific writer and gifted public speaker, Mr Taherzadeh wrote several books on the Baha'i history and teachings, which included a four volume study of the life and writings of the founder of the Baha'i Faith.

Just before his death he completed another substantial work which is soon to be published.

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